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jim1
11-30-2006, 01:25 PM
He'd look awfully good in aqua and orange. If not him, maybe Lamar Woodley.


"The Ravens have resigned themselves to the probability that their standout strongside linebacker Adalius Thomas (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/187661), who is second in the AFC and fifth in the NFL with nine sacks, is going to test the free-agent market this winter.
A long-term contract agreement seems to be out of reach, and the Ravens have accepted that Thomas will test the free-agent waters before deciding what he wants to do with his future.
But this has happened before. Three years ago, Thomas hit the market and found, surprisingly, little interest. His former coaches Marvin Lewis and Jack Del Rio did not attempt to lure Thomas to their respective cities and the linebacker returned to Baltimore.
The same might wind up happening again. But with all the money that all the teams will have available in the free-agent market, it might not. This year, teams view Thomas as more than a special-teams standout, for which he already has been selected to the Pro Bowl. They know he returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown last week against the Steelers, and these are the types of plays Thomas has routinely made this season."

http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/9837126

dominizzo
11-30-2006, 01:39 PM
Im goinnngg to Miami!! Adalius will say in FEB

MrEd
11-30-2006, 02:55 PM
He'd look awfully good in aqua and orange. If not him, maybe Lamar Woodley.


"The Ravens have resigned themselves to the probability that their standout strongside linebacker Adalius Thomas (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/187661), who is second in the AFC and fifth in the NFL with nine sacks, is going to test the free-agent market this winter.
A long-term contract agreement seems to be out of reach, and the Ravens have accepted that Thomas will test the free-agent waters before deciding what he wants to do with his future.
But this has happened before. Three years ago, Thomas hit the market and found, surprisingly, little interest. His former coaches Marvin Lewis and Jack Del Rio did not attempt to lure Thomas to their respective cities and the linebacker returned to Baltimore.
The same might wind up happening again. But with all the money that all the teams will have available in the free-agent market, it might not. This year, teams view Thomas as more than a special-teams standout, for which he already has been selected to the Pro Bowl. They know he returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown last week against the Steelers, and these are the types of plays Thomas has routinely made this season."

http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/9837126


I dont know...dont be so fast to think he's so MIA bound

He is a little overweight...and there must be some reason behind the reason BAL wont give him what he wants

Yeah, he's having a good year...but is one year enough to give him what he probably will be asking for?

plus, at 6-2 he weighs 270 LBS!!! :eek:

...unless Saban looks at him as a potential replacement for Taylor at ROLB/RE...

Remember, we can always move Crowder to SLB next season and bring in Derrick "hits like a mattruck" Pope to play Crowder's WLB spot and then draft 2 LBs in the draft like in the 3rd and 4th rounds for depth and to groom...

just a thought

but then again, he can start at SLB and relieve Jason Taylor at RE/ROLB when he needs a breather or gets injured...so

maybe i'd welcome the guy in

MrEd
11-30-2006, 02:58 PM
Im goinnngg to Miami!! Adalius will say in FEB


Yeah, after a second thought, yes! Adalius come on down!!

MustangFinFan
11-30-2006, 03:12 PM
he has 8 sacks ALREADY...for a linebacker, thats pretty good. we all know Saban likes BIG linebackers, so being 6'2...270, that fits a Saban type guy...and he can always lose 20 pounds in a month or two to trim down a bit. its either him, Cato June, or draft someone like Poluszny or Woodley...who people on here have said arent the type of linebackers Saban likes.

Jersey54
11-30-2006, 03:18 PM
He'd look awfully good in aqua and orange. If not him, maybe Lamar Woodley.


"The Ravens have resigned themselves to the probability that their standout strongside linebacker Adalius Thomas (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/187661), who is second in the AFC and fifth in the NFL with nine sacks, is going to test the free-agent market this winter.
A long-term contract agreement seems to be out of reach, and the Ravens have accepted that Thomas will test the free-agent waters before deciding what he wants to do with his future.
But this has happened before. Three years ago, Thomas hit the market and found, surprisingly, little interest. His former coaches Marvin Lewis and Jack Del Rio did not attempt to lure Thomas to their respective cities and the linebacker returned to Baltimore.
The same might wind up happening again. But with all the money that all the teams will have available in the free-agent market, it might not. This year, teams view Thomas as more than a special-teams standout, for which he already has been selected to the Pro Bowl. They know he returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown last week against the Steelers, and these are the types of plays Thomas has routinely made this season."

http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/9837126

What a big tease this is. They can't let him go. I'll donate $5 towards his contract if it helps.

PhinFan0202
11-30-2006, 03:31 PM
Chances are we are not going to get Adalius Thomas because of what he's going to ask for in FA. Remember last year when Julian Peterson and Lavar Arrington were FA? They asked for contracts that would put our cap in the worst situation and Thomas will probably do the same.

Da_Franchise
11-30-2006, 03:34 PM
Adalius, Zach, and Crowder in the 4-3 is frightening. Then adding a nice young rookie to compliment in the 3-4 (Poz?) and we'll be set at LB for some time.

MrEd
11-30-2006, 03:54 PM
Chances are we are not going to get Adalius Thomas because of what he's going to ask for in FA. Remember last year when Julian Peterson and Lavar Arrington were FA? They asked for contracts that would put our cap in the worst situation and Thomas will probably do the same.

Completely disagree! The difference is that we our $21 mil under the cap without even making any cuts or restructures...and not too mention MIA still even made Lavarr a contract offer with their bad situation last year...so why wouldn't they make him a nice offer when they have the space and are looking at a potential future replacement for Taylor as well as an upgrade to Spragan in the face?

He's MIA bound bro. Face it!

SR 7
11-30-2006, 04:59 PM
Completely disagree! The difference is that we our $21 mil under the cap without even making any cuts or restructures...and not too mention MIA still even made Lavarr a contract offer with their bad situation last year...so why wouldn't they make him a nice offer when they have the space and are looking at a potential future replacement for Taylor as well as an upgrade to Spragan in the face?

He's MIA bound bro. Face it!

exactly. if they made LAVAR an offer then for sure they have the chance of donig it to thomas BUT i fear that thomas's performance was to amke money. like many other players taht just perform, get a big contract like MARE then play half assed the rest of there careers.

PhinFan0202
11-30-2006, 05:10 PM
Completely disagree! The difference is that we our $21 mil under the cap without even making any cuts or restructures...and not too mention MIA still even made Lavarr a contract offer with their bad situation last year...so why wouldn't they make him a nice offer when they have the space and are looking at a potential future replacement for Taylor as well as an upgrade to Spragan in the face?

He's MIA bound bro. Face it!

I hope your right bro, i would love to have him on our defense but Saban prides himself on not overpaying for players. The team was supposed to be under the cap by alot last year too but we didn't go out and get any big FA, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I do hope i'm wrong though...

RothFan
11-30-2006, 05:11 PM
yes, lets go after this guy. we need the LB help. out with spragan in with adalius thomas. welcome to miami.

MrEd
11-30-2006, 05:25 PM
I hope your right bro, i would love to have him on our defense but Saban prides himself on not overpaying for players. The team was supposed to be under the cap by alot last year too but we didn't go out and get any big FA, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I do hope i'm wrong though...

MIA was "not" under the cap by a lot...they were actually "over" the cap by a lot

what happened was that they needed to cut a lot of big contracts in order to make it under the cap

this year they are $21mil without doing anything...then they'll be a whole lot more under the cap after cutting/trading/restructuring a few players like Booker for example $3.1mil can be cleared

ItsOurTime32
11-30-2006, 05:48 PM
Completely disagree! The difference is that we our $21 mil under the cap without even making any cuts or restructures...and not too mention MIA still even made Lavarr a contract offer with their bad situation last year...so why wouldn't they make him a nice offer when they have the space and are looking at a potential future replacement for Taylor as well as an upgrade to Spragan in the face?

He's MIA bound bro. Face it!

are we seriously going to be 21 mil under in cap room? with restructures if that's true we would be at atleast 25 under

MrEd
11-30-2006, 06:29 PM
are we seriously going to be 21 mil under in cap room? with restructures if that's true we would be at atleast 25 under

this is correct. MIA has only 36 players under contract after the 2007 season

the good thing is that we still have all of our core players under contract

Only ones that matter are Holiday, Bowens, and Traylor...we probably re-sign them all...

and bell, welker, and lemon are "restricted" free agents...making them fairly easy to re-sign...

and vick, eckel, and vickerson are exclusive rights players...minimum salaries...

also Morris, Barnes, and Minor are UFAs..? who cares ?

by cutting/trading/restructuring Carter, Booker, Big Daddy, James, Anderson, and even trading Mcmichael...we are in "very good shape"

Dont you think?

jim1
11-30-2006, 07:19 PM
this is correct. MIA has only 36 players under contract after the 2007 season

the good thing is that we still have all of our core players under contract

Only ones that matter are Holiday, Bowens, and Traylor...we probably re-sign them all...

and bell, welker, and lemon are "restricted" free agents...making them fairly easy to re-sign...

and vick, eckel, and vickerson are exclusive rights players...minimum salaries...

also Morris, Barnes, and Minor are UFAs..? who cares ?

by cutting/trading/restructuring Carter, Booker, Big Daddy, James, Anderson, and even trading Mcmichael...we are in "very good shape"

Dont you think?

Yup.

Bradical
11-30-2006, 09:07 PM
There was a good article on Adalius Thomas on another website I read the other day. It was either ESPN or SI.com, I really can't remember. Basically, the gist of it was that he is the most versatile defender in the NFL. The Ravens use him at DE, OLB, ILB, DT, and even sometimes out wide to cover receivers (really to manhandle them at the line). Just thought it was crazy that he could do this, but he's able because, even at 270 lbs, he runs 4.53 in the 40. Pretty impressive, I would love to see the Dolphins make him a priority target in the off-season.

jim1
11-30-2006, 09:32 PM
There was a good article on Adalius Thomas on another website I read the other day. It was either ESPN or SI.com, I really can't remember. Basically, the gist of it was that he is the most versatile defender in the NFL. The Ravens use him at DE, OLB, ILB, DT, and even sometimes out wide to cover receivers (really to manhandle them at the line). Just thought it was crazy that he could do this, but he's able because, even at 270 lbs, he runs 4.53 in the 40. Pretty impressive, I would love to see the Dolphins make him a priority target in the off-season.

I think that the story link is in my original post.

BeanGreen
11-30-2006, 10:24 PM
Here's the link. Its an article by Peter King on SI.com. To be honest, I never heard of him before the article. Combine that with his stellar play in a contract year, and well, as they say, "if it sounds to good to be true, then its too good to be true". If we can get him a decent price or with lots of incentives, then sure, but otherwise we don't need anymore overpriced FA's.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/the_bonus/11/21/thomas/index.html

Dors156
11-30-2006, 10:40 PM
I goto the ravesn games and watch this player and i must say he is probably the most underated player in the nfl.he is 6'2 270 and the way he is used is unique.he is sometimes used as a corner on third and long to cover the slot guy.you could use him at any position on the field.you can move him to defensive end, of course linebacker, and then on third and long as a corner.it sounds funny but it really does work.he acts like a bait in a way as a corner.

Bradical
11-30-2006, 10:53 PM
I think that the story link is in my original post.

Nope, not the one. The Peter King story goes into a lot more detail, that's what sold me on Thomas.

WestCKoastiN
11-30-2006, 11:59 PM
Im goinnngg to Miami!! Adalius will say in FEB

YEAH!!

phinphanforever
12-01-2006, 12:18 AM
I dont know...dont be so fast to think he's so MIA bound

He is a little overweight...and there must be some reason behind the reason BAL wont give him what he wants

Yeah, he's having a good year...but is one year enough to give him what he probably will be asking for?

plus, at 6-2 he weighs 270 LBS!!! :eek:


I don't think the reason Baltimore hasn't signed him up yet has to do with his talents. It has to do with money. They have a lot of Defenders making big coin. It would be hard to shell out more $$$ to another defensive player. I know they played different positons, but this is similar to the Ogunlye situation in Miami a few years ago: A defender who looked very promising, but the team was having difficulty justifying spending so much money on that side of the ball for so many years, and as a result, let him go.
Adalius Thomas seems to me to be a prototypical Saban player: Big linebacker who is versatile. The guy has played every postion!
You noted that he had one good year but he has had a few excellent years. Last year, he was a monster and this year he has continued to play fantastic.
I'd love it if we could get this guy but he will cost some serious dough.

nick1
12-01-2006, 12:25 AM
we are going to have at least one big FA signing with all of the money we will have. you think about our need areas and it should be either o-line or OLB but who knows I'd like a different WR if any good ones are available

Disgustipate
12-01-2006, 12:41 AM
I dont know...dont be so fast to think he's so MIA bound

He is a little overweight...and there must be some reason behind the reason BAL wont give him what he wants

Yeah, he's having a good year...but is one year enough to give him what he probably will be asking for?

plus, at 6-2 he weighs 270 LBS!!! :eek:

Uhm, that is pretty much exactly the same height/weight as Dwight Freeney... He is not overweight.

WPBtoRNOFinFan
12-01-2006, 12:57 AM
Freeney is a little bit lighter, closer to 235-250.

I love how Chad Johnson asked "What the hell's your fat *** doing out here?"

That made me giggle.

ch19079
12-01-2006, 10:04 AM
they showed his stats during the bengals/ravens game last night. his stats are awsome.

He will go to the highest bidder.

PSMITH
12-01-2006, 02:55 PM
I loved watching this guy in college and would love to have him in Miami. I guess everyone likes it when players from your school sign with your pro team, but the last Golden Eagle we had in Miami was Patrick Surtain. He plays tough and would be a nice compliment to what we currently have going on.

MrEd
12-01-2006, 07:15 PM
we are going to have at least one big FA signing with all of the money we will have. you think about our need areas and it should be either o-line or OLB but who knows I'd like a different WR if any good ones are available

there arent

dominizzo
12-01-2006, 08:14 PM
they showed his stats during the bengals/ravens game last night. his stats are awsome.

He will go to the highest bidder.


Wont be Barffalo thas 4 shizzo

jbyrd423
12-01-2006, 08:15 PM
no freeny is closer to 270 than 240 or wutever u said